Sunday, May 17, 2009

you can't judge a book by its cover

wow, daniela's altered book class today was so inspiring. i've been wanting to alter a book like this, what a great day!

i never seem to follow the rules in daniela's classes. thankfully she is really great about working with both kinds of students - those that want to make her beautiful piece exactly as she designed it, and those who want to take all the goodies she provides and run off in a different direction!

we took an old book and glued a chunk of pages together in the middle with gloss medium. then we carved a niche out of the center with a blade. i have this wonderful broch that a family friend, steve kalar, made years ago—and i've been looking for a way to showcase it.

i used a lot of walnut antique colorwash and distress ink to age everything, I wanted the front of the niche to look like beat-up leather, and the little schoolboy is guarding his treasure.

i contrasted the collage on the opposite page to be more feminine with a flowery dress form and graceful curves in the torn papers.




i am so happy with this piece - the pictures don't show how warm and caramelly coffee colored it is, plus there are accents of gloss, glitter, gold leaf, and crackle medium all around that make things stand out a bit more.

11 comments:

  1. This isn't usually my style but WOW, I really love this! Great job!!!

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  2. wow! what a great project daniela came up with and I love what you've done with it. the colors, textures, and imagery really jive don't they? well done Lisa! i hope to see it live and in person at the office tomorrow!

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  3. That looks like it was a fun class.

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  4. I should send this on to Steve?

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  5. You did great! I love how you showcased Steve's artwork within your own.

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  6. Damn, I wish I could have gone that would have been good for me to think outside the box. GREAT job!!!!

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  7. I know I already said it, but this is my FAVORITE! Magnifique! - You just get better and better. But, not I checked in on you waiting for my Wordless Wed. pic.... See? I'm addicted!

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  8. really like this book..its great

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  9. Wow Lisa, you outdid yourself with this one. It is so beautifully artistic with tons of depth and contrast. It is so inspiring to see how you came up with something so different yet similar to the original design. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

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  10. Love your blog and creations. I'm adding you to my blog reader! XOXO

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Saw you at Flickr and had to come over. LOVE it. I just put a few pics up of a book Im working on.

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